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the man with the calendar

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

there is a man on the corner of the inconspicuous alley and roaring street

where the hurried suits and briefcases cross the precarious glass buildings

he holds a calendar in his tired hands and inquiries from every passing foot

“do you want a calendar?”

his beard, so thick it almost muffles his voice

his back, so hunched that it almost breaks his spirit

yes, every day of sunshine or leaking skies

he is standing there

calendar in hand

eyes glancing from one rejecting nod to another dismissive wave

fingers clutching the calendar, his hopes

selling it all

for a coin or two

what is your “calendar”?

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  1. The man on the corner valued his calendar. Did he create it? We don’t know that. But he is looking for acceptance and keeps at it in the face of a general public’s lack of interest.

    So, “my calendar,” in a phrase:

    Writing for money on Medium.

  2. my calendar is the idea of universal oneness

    1. Yes, that’s a great one! I was blind to it for a long time!

      1. me too… judging by my poetry even a year ago. I am happy to know this know..and am grateful that you’re willing to share my words with your eyes and kind soul 🙂

  3. Is this based on a true story? It makes me sad; I’d like to say I’d buy a calendar from the man on the corner (I do like beautiful calendars, and use them more for art than keeping track of time), but in all honesty I’m not sure.

    1. Yes, he is on the corner from my work building, almost everyday. I always feel bad for not having cash on me to buy his calendar…:(

  4. Also, I forgot to commend you on the Tolkien quote: that man was a literary badass.

    1. indeed, he was!

  5. Old father time – he’s gone back to being a young whippersnapper don’t you know ? Great Writing, Em

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